On Saturday, the project will host a grand opening of its new location at the Lynn View Community Center. The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Select trains and train sets will be for sale during the open house. Free hotdogs, popcorn and drinks will be served.
The free event will feature four operating train layouts, hands-on train tables for children and classes addressing such topics as building with Styrene, model train gauges/scales and Operation Lifesaver for kids.
The Kingsport Model Train Project came about after a donation to the city’s Office of Cultural Arts and its nonprofit partner, Engage Kingsport. Two years ago, Mrs. Ned McChrystal donated an extensive train collection to the two organizations, and since then volunteers have worked on the items while sharing the love of model trains.
In August, volunteers moved into rooms on the third floor of the Lynn View Community Center. While the group has many plans, one of the first efforts will be to create a model of the Santa Train route.
“This group is very passionate about their work,” said Doug Paton, chairman of the project. “Our new location at Lynn View provides the necessary space for us to work on projects like the model of the Santa Train route.”
The Kingsport Train Project also offers workdays so that train enthusiasts can come and tinker with their trains. During October, the workdays are the 10th and 24th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the 14th and 28th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information, email [email protected] or call (423) 502-5359.